Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Dead In California Wildfire, Hollywood Celebs Evacuated

Dead In California Wildfire, Hollywood Celebs Evacuated

One of the worst-affected areas is the northern town of Paradise, California, where 18,000 acres were destroyed by the fire in just seven hours on Thursday, writes Newsweek.

He said another 35 people were missing and three firefighters had been injured.

Speaking at a news conference with cooperating agencies, officials addressed the public from Silver County Fairgrounds Friday evening.

All of Paradise, a town of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to evacuate, said Butte County Sheriff's spokeswoman Miranda Bowersox.

The full extent of the destruction in the county was still unknown, but authorities said they believe as many as 2,000 buildings have been destroyed - most of those in Paradise.

"It's my sad duty to confirm that we now have a total of nine fatalities", he said, four more fatalities beyond the five reported earlier. As many as 1,385 people are in shelters.

He said ash in the air was so thick that it "looked like midnight" in the middle of the day. He characterized the act as "despicable" and threatened to prosecute anyone caught looting to the full extent of the law.

Paradise, located almost 145 kilometers north of Sacramento, was home to more than 26,000 residents, according to its website.

A home burns as the Camp Fire moves through the area in Paradise, California.

And in part of Malibu itself - a city of about 12,000 people known for beachside homes owned by celebrities and millionaires - a voluntary evacuation advisory was issued Friday morning. "A lot of people have to rebuild". A member of the town, Brynn Parrott Chatfield, shared a video of the fire while driving in a vehicle on Facebook. He has late-stage cancer and she is mostly confined to her bed, she said.

Blome drove through the town with a man named Fred, crying, pointing out Sam's Liquor, Safeway, McDonald's, the church, the tire shop, the auto wash, apartments, her doctor's office, the bowling alley, a hotel, the veterinarian - all of which had gone up in flames. I'm assuming I lost my home.

Some 2,000 firefighters were battling the flames as helicopters and airplanes made water and fire retardant drops. "The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office wants to provide as much support as possible to our partners and neighbors at the Ventura County Sheriff's Office as they mourn the loss of their own and deal simultaneously with protecting their community members from the threat of wildfires". "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced", Peete said.

Surrounded by walls of flames, people drove through hell trying to escape as their homes burned to the ground. "That's that's what we do".

Highway 101 is now open in both directions in Ventura County, but is closed farther south in Los Angeles County due to the Woolsey Fire burning near the border between the two counties.

These numbers make it one of the most destructive blazes in state history, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire protection data.

The fast-moving Camp Fire has been fanned by strong winds to scorch 20,000 acres and has not been contained, the California Fire Department (Cal Fire) said. Actor James Woods used the hashtag #CampFireWoods on Twitter to help connect families.

Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes.

This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo. "I saved their lives", D'Amico said.

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